A Museum Without Walls…Memorable Experiences Await Inside & Outside the Railroad Museum

A Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the California State Railroad Museum is a must-visit destination perfect for everyone from young children to the young-at-heart. With the area’s only historic and authentic train rides, full-scale vintage locomotives, tiny toy trains, compelling exhibits and much more, guests can experience 150 years of railroad history in a single afternoon.

Designed to be a “laboratory of learning,” a number of interactive exhibits on display inside the impressive museum help to amplify the experience and demonstrate how railroads continue to impact our daily lives. Guests can also venture just outside the museum to take an excursion train ride behind a vintage steam or historic diesel locomotive (depending on the weekend) as it rides the rails along the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Train ride guests delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, historic locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute round-trip excursion.

This May is an especially exciting time for the railroad and museum. The community is encouraged to attend a Free Community Day on Wednesday, May 8, to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Planned activities include a spirited procession, unveiling of a new bronze plaque at “mile marker zero” at the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, free excursion train rides, entertaining melodrama performances in the historic Eagle Theatre, and a community picnic where guests can bring a sack lunch to enjoy on the big grassy area in front of the Railroad Museum.

For more information about the Sesquicentennial plans, please visit www.Railroad150.org; for more about the museum or to purchase excursion train ride tickets, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.

More Articles

JugHead!

By Donna Sangwin, Founder and Executive Director of ReCreate This year to celebrate Earth Day we challenge you to create…

Is Your Car Seat Keeping Your Child Safe?

By Rob Baquera, Public Information Officer, Roseville Police Department With over 24 million vehicles and more than 170,000 miles of…

Spring Break Travel Tips for Your Feet and Legs  

How to get the mind-clearing, calorie-burning benefits of movement even while sitting for hours on the plane or in the…

The Weekend Scoop: Family-Friendly Activities Around Sacramento

Below is a round-up of family-friendly events and activities for the weekend of March 22-24. Enjoy! Friday, March 22 Baby Lapsit…

Sacramento’s Magnificent Vernal Pool Tours

By Michelle Kopkash The seasonal vernal pools in Northern California display the magnificence of nature at its finest. Most years,…

Tahoe: 7 Family-Friendly Spots for Snow Play, Ski and Snowboard Lessons

By Michelle Kopkash Wondering where to take your family for the ultimate ski, snowboard or snow play experience? Take a…

Meet our Cover Kid Search Winner, Ella!

By Shannon Smith Photography by Crystal Jones Photography With an infectious smile that dazzled the camera at our Cover Kid…

Embracing Impromptu Learning Moments

By Kaleena Amuchastegui Once a self declared “anti-homeschool” mom, I would think: Those parents are certifiably insane to have their…

“The Having of Wonderful Ideas”… Learning through expedition, exploration, and dead fish

By Becki Robins Twenty-four kids and a handful of parents stand on a rocky island on the ambling Yuba River.…

A Museum Without Walls…Memorable Experiences Await Inside & Outside the Railroad Museum

A Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park, the California State Railroad Museum is a must-visit destination perfect for everyone from young children to the young-at-heart. With the area’s only historic and authentic train rides, full-scale vintage locomotives, tiny toy trains, compelling exhibits and much more, guests can experience 150 years of railroad history in a single afternoon.

Designed to be a “laboratory of learning,” a number of interactive exhibits on display inside the impressive museum help to amplify the experience and demonstrate how railroads continue to impact our daily lives. Guests can also venture just outside the museum to take an excursion train ride behind a vintage steam or historic diesel locomotive (depending on the weekend) as it rides the rails along the Old Sacramento Waterfront. Train ride guests delight in the sights, smells and sounds of an authentic, historic locomotive as it rolls along the levees of the Sacramento River for a six-mile, 45-minute round-trip excursion.

This May is an especially exciting time for the railroad and museum. The community is encouraged to attend a Free Community Day on Wednesday, May 8, to help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad. Planned activities include a spirited procession, unveiling of a new bronze plaque at “mile marker zero” at the western terminus of the Transcontinental Railroad, free excursion train rides, entertaining melodrama performances in the historic Eagle Theatre, and a community picnic where guests can bring a sack lunch to enjoy on the big grassy area in front of the Railroad Museum.

For more information about the Sesquicentennial plans, please visit www.Railroad150.org; for more about the museum or to purchase excursion train ride tickets, please visit www.californiarailroad.museum.

More Articles

Children with Autism May Benefit from Soluble Fiber

“Dr. Bill” Sears, M.D. comments on study that finds soluble…

Top 8 Water Safety Tips From Steve Wallen Swim School

By Kaleb Wallen, Steve Wallen Swim School 1. Enroll In…

Fitting In as a Woman of Color

By Sumiti Mehta I am a brown-skinned woman born and…

Are You Tribeless?

By Anna Osborn, LMFT One of the favorite parts of…

Non-Pool Toys that are Perfect for the Pool

By Karissa Tunis Our family loves hanging out at the…

20 Things to do with Kids Under $5 in the Sacramento Region

By Michelle Kopkash You don’t need a lot of money…

Top Earth Day Celebrations in Our Region

By Michelle Kopkash Earth Day is a special occasion to…

A Museum Without Walls…Memorable Experiences Await Inside & Outside the Railroad Museum

A Smithsonian Affiliate located in Old Sacramento State Historic Park,…

Greater Sacramento’s Best Hoppin’ Celebrations & Egg Hunts

Enjoy this Easter-themed round-up that will have the whole family…

Follow Sacramento Parent